Elsewhere in IMHO, there is a complaint about “An outbreak of silly names.”
I would agree that certain naming practices, such as giving one’s child a name without any consideration for its understood or etymological meaning, are silly.
But I do think distinctive names are good. Good Grief? How many guys named Michael, Darin/Darren, Jon/John, etc., do I know? Sometimes a more obscure name is called-for. But what I consider classy and distinctive, some people may just call “freaky-weird.” Hence the experiment in this thread.
I have a list (ever open to change) of rather unusual names I would consider bestowing on any hypothetical children I might have, should I give up on my monk-like single existence. These are not college-guy joke names, like young Mr. Brackett wishing for a son named Winnerz. I’m serious, or as serious as one with no immediate plans to settle down & “raise chilluns” can be. And I am genuinely curious to see what the Teeming Millions make of these names. So, I will put forth my list and you can pick each name apart.
Also, anyone who likes rather unusual names can chime in and get insulted, criticized, and analyzed along with me.
Please note: This is not the Pit. Play nice.
*foolsguinea's list of names for hypothetical babies (with clumsy English-phonics pronunciations):* GIRLS: **Thalia**--"thall' ya" **Euphrosyne**--That's pronounced "yew-frozz'-i-nee" in English. **Boadicea**--I would like to pronounce this as if Italian, with a "tch" sound for the "c", but don't expect that to last if she grows up in an English-speaking country. **Aglaia** **Echo** **Alexa** **Clarice** BOYS: **Arn** **Tempest** **Stirling** or **Sterling**--not sure I like either spelling that much. **Swift** **Pelagian**--Yes, like the heresy. Also like Pelagianus, who was *not* a heretic. And it comes from *pelagos*, meaning "deep sea." **Gawain**--"Gah'-wehn", which will turn into "Gowan", I know, more's the pity. **Heron**--pronounced like the bird & probably as a middle name; I may be psycho, but I'm not utterly cruel. **Corin**
I also like “Reuben” and “Drake” for boys, and “Corinna” for a girl. If you think those are strange, you may just need to get out more.